Cruising Modena in a Maserati with chef Massimo Bottura

Updated 11th September 2017
Cruising Modena in a Maserati with chef Massimo Bottura
Massimo Bottura, chef patron of the Michelin three-starred restaurant Osteria Francescana, is a man of many pleasures: food, naturally, but also art and jazz, which have famously inspired some of his most striking dishes.
But for this aesthete, similar pleasures can be found behind the wheel of a car -- particularly when the car in question is a vintage Maserati Ghibli Spyder, one of only 125 ever made.
"Driving a car like this to me is really special because I am one of the few very lucky to have the opportunity to drive such a rare car," said Bottura, who brought CNN Style along for a ride through his hometown of Modena, Italy. "It's emotional, like listening to Miles Davis whispering in a trumpet."
But the joy of the road is nothing new for Bottura. He still remembers standing along the same streets as a child, watching and listening to the passing cars and motorcycles. "Coming back to Modena in a province in this small town, they keep you grounded," Bottura said.
"It's another secret of how my life stayed so easy and simple: you never have to lose the perception of who you are and where you come from."
Watch the video above to take a ride around Modena with Massimo Bottura.